BC Highway 20 - Williams Lake to Bella Coola - Road Conditions

Events for Highway 20

Highway 20 Both Directions Highway 20, in both directions. Road maintenance work between Hanceville-Canoe Creek Rd and Meldrum Creek Rd for 64.2 km (22 km west of Williams Lake to 21 km east of Alexis Creek). From 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM PST on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Last updated Tue Nov 12 at 8:54 AM PST. (DBC-12848)
Highway 20 Both Directions Highway 20, in both directions. Road maintenance work between Burke Ave and Corbould Dr for 58.6 km (18 km east of Firvale to Bella Coola). Until Fri Nov 15. From 6:00 AM to 3:30 PM PST on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Watch for traffic control. Last updated Tue Nov 12 at 3:28 PM PST. (DBC-13411)
Highway 20 Highway 20. Watch for slippery sections between Hunlen Falls Turner Lakes Trailhead and Kappan Mtn Rd for 40.7 km (Anahim Lake). Fog patches. Last updated Wed Nov 13 at 10:36 AM PST. (DBCRCON-35413)
Highway 20 Highway 20. Watch for slippery sections between Bald Mountain Road FSR and Highway 97 for 47.6 km (Williams Lake). Fog patches. Last updated Wed Nov 13 at 10:36 AM PST. (DBCRCON-35418)
Highway 20 Highway 20. Watch for slippery sections between Puntzi Airport Rd and Stum Lake Rd for 60.7 km (48 km east of Tatla Lake to Alexis Creek). Fog patches. Last updated Wed Nov 13 at 10:36 AM PST. (DBCRCON-35441)
Highway 20 Highway 20. Watch for slippery sections between Graham Lake Access No 2 Rd and Puntzi Lake Rd for 48.5 km (Tatla Lake). Last updated Wed Nov 13 at 10:36 AM PST. (DBCRCON-35444)

Highway 20 Weather Locations

Williams Lake   Lillooet    Anahim Lake    Bella Coola

General Route Information

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Highway 20 begins in Williams Lake at its juncture with Highway 97. It rises gradually for 23 km (14 mi) to the crossing of the Fraser River at Sheep Creek Bridge, from which it ascends via a series of steep switchbacks to the Chilcotin Plateau. Prior to improvements of the late 20th Century, including the Sheep Creek Bridge, it crossed the Fraser via a 1910s style suspension bridge, which was like those farther south at Gang Ranch-Dog Creek and Lillooet.

After Lillooet it passes through Riske Creek then at 94 km (58 mi) the hamlet of Hanceville . Near Riske Creek 104km (64 mi) it passes Anahim Reserve, a Chilcotin community before reaching Alexis Creek  at 114km (71 mi). From Alexis Creek it is 122 km (76 mi) to the next town, Tatla Lake.

Next locations are Kleena Kleene and Nimpo Lake farther West is Nimpo Lake which serves as a float plane base for the region. Just west of Nimpo Lake the highway crosses the Dean River before reaching Anahim Lake and the adjacent Indian reserve at 310 km (193 mi). Past Anahim Lake the road ascends and descends through Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park via Heckman Pass to Hagensborg and finally Bella Coola . The entire route is scenic and very sparsely populated.

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